It was a tearful arraignment for both the family of a 22-year-old Brawley resident facing a murder charge and for the family of the 16-year-old victim.
The arraignment was in the county jail court near El Centro Thursday. Arraigned was Pedro Gutierrez Archuleta, accused of murdering Jovita Becerra while she was alone in her family's apartment in the 400 block of North First Street Monday evening.
Family members of Archuleta and Becerra filled the small jail court Thursday.
After sitting through arraignments of other suspects, Archuleta walked in wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. He looked around and saw his family before turning his attention to the judge before him.
Deputies and bailiffs inside the jail court watched the court carefully and locked the main entrance.
Meanwhile, one of Archuleta's family members could not keep her composure and left the jail court before she broke in tears.